I have searched the forums for information on where to obtain software for lighting diagrams but I've had no luck.
Does anyone know of any software available for download that can help in drawing out lighting lighting diagrams. I always see diagrams in the ASC mag and I've always wondered how the DP's go about drawing them.
I know people who are successfully using Microsoft Visio for simple diagrams.
Two of the professional lighting CAD (computer aided drawing) programs are WYSIWYG and LD Assistant for Autocad. I've had both and prefer LD Assistant over WYSIWYG. In truth they're both totally overkill for film and video work unless you're lighting large Hollywood sets.
There is a functioning demo of WYSIWYG that is only crippled with respect to saving and printing. However, if you're using Windows you can press the "print screen" key on your keyboard and then paste the image into Paint or other graphics program and then print from there. Klunky...but free!
There used to be a uncrippled student discount version of WYSIWYG. If I remember correctly you needed a verification letter from your school, an ID wasn't enough to qualify.WYSIWYG demo